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Fostering engaged, innovative research into placed histories across all regions and periods, from the rural to the urban and the parish to the metropolis.

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Who we are

The Centre for the History of People, Place and Community builds on the IHR’s long-standing expertise in local history, and in urban and metropolitan history.

We bring together academics, heritage professionals, community groups, creative practitioners, and all those interested in places and their stories. Our aim is to promote inclusive, imaginative approaches to making history. Projects within the Centre range from the Victoria County History, founded in 1899, to the pioneering Layers of London crowdsourced digital history project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

We also offer training, a programme of events, and a conceptual space for everyone working on place, people and the past to connect, experiment and share ideas.

Connections and conversations

We are outward-looking and keen to identify where research can meet challenges and opportunities in the real world today. Our Advisory Board helps us make connections and start conversations. Current members are:

  • John Cattell, National Head of Research, Historic England
  • Matthew Davies, Professor of Urban History and Executive Dean, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London
  • David Killingray, chair of the trustees, British Association for Local History; Emeritus Professor of Modern History, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Nayan Kulkarni, artist
  • Keith Lilley, Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast; Chair, Historic Towns Trust
  • Leanne O'Boyle, Head of Cultural and Visitor Strategy, City of London Corporation
  • Nino Strachey, Head of Research and Specialist Advice, National Trust
  • Roey Sweet, Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester
  • Joanna Terry, Head of Archives and Heritage, Staffordshire County Council